continued After the game concluded the Big East released a statement: “Our review of the process determined that the replay official mistakenly focused his attention on the sideline angle, which proved to be distorted. We are confident that are officiating staff will learn from this situation in order to prevent a reoccurrence.”
Still, Toledo officials, on Sunday, asked SU to give back the victory, though it was certain that request would be refused.
Controversy or not, both teams had an uphill battle overcoming adversity because of the amount of injuries. Toledo was hindered with the loss of leading tailback Adonis Thomas in the first quarter. In addition, they were minus four starters on the defensive side. But the Rockets o refused to surrender displaying an intense fight in a game that included five lead changes and two ties.
Toledo wideout Eric Page was held without a touchdown, but gave SU fits anyway, posting 13 catches for a career-high 158 yards. Dantin played most of the game finishing 22 of 32 for 258 passing yards and gained 42 yards on the ground.
Nassib had a methodical start, but concluded the afternoon going 16-for-24 for 213 yards to go along with two TD passes. Tight end Nick Provo had three receptions for 154 yards and one touchdown. Antwon Bailey resuscitated SU’s running attack contributing 28 carries for 114 yards and one TD. Gulley gave the Orange’s running game more stability by gaining 66 total yards on 10 carries.
Toledo dominated the first quarter, starting with a 10-plus minute drive that led to a field goal. Then the Rockets extended the leads to 10-0 after a major miscommunication mistake by the Orange.
Center Mackuy MacPherson hiked the ball in the wrong direction that sailed past Nassib, and Toledo’s T.J Fantinikin recovered at the SU 30. The Rockets eventually scored when Morgan Williams dashed around the right side of the defenders that capped off a 25-yard TD run.